Nature & Environment
World's oldest plant is 13,000 years old
By T.K. Randall
December 1, 2010 · 8 comments
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The Jurupa Oak is so old that it was alive during the last Ice Age and before human agriculture.
Unlike most plants the ancient oak reproduces by cloning itself after being burned in wildfires, this way it continues to live onwards like a Phoenix rising from the ashes and expands slowly outwards each time it happens.
Scientists found the oak in an unlikely habitat: dry and hot rocky hills and found that it survives against the odds like an insane sci-fi villain: by cloning itself to continue life after being burned to death.
Source: Daily Galaxy
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